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British television presenter Lorraine Kelly is to lead hundreds of women on a midnight walk through Stirling in Scotland to raise money for a hospice for the terminally ill.

The GMTV presenter will lead the walk on May 2 to raise funds for the Strathcarron Hospice in Denny, a facility established in 1981 to care for patients with active aggressive illnesses. The hospice relies on donations and volunteers to operate, and requires over £2.6million every year – £50,000 a week – to maintain its services. Over 1,500 women are expected to take part in the fundraising event, which will cover a distance of around 10 miles.

“I am really looking forward to the walk,” said Kelly. “It’s good to have a goal to aim for as it makes you go out even if it’s rainy and you don’t feel like doing any exercise. I am going out for at least three big walks a week with Rocky, my border terrier, building up from 20 minutes to at least an hour. I find it a real stress-buster, especially when I’m with friends and we can have a big catch-up and chat all the way. I think women in the Stirling area should try to take part mainly because they will be helping a wonderful cause but also because they can get fitter.”

The presenter hopes the walk will raise £70,000 for the hospice.

The entry fee is £15, and every walker will receive a special Midnight Walk T-shirt and medal for completing the course. For more information and an entry form, visit the Strathcarron Hospice website.

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